Your teeth are one of the very first things that people notice about you when you smile. If the teeth visible when you grin has imperfections, even minor ones, your confidence can be greatly affected. Suddenly, you find yourself hiding your smile. This can leave the wrong impression on those around you. At Todd Rogers Dental, we can help to restore the beauty of your smile, and your confidence, with bonding.
What is Dental Bonding?
Bonding is a procedure designed to restore minor imperfections in your teeth. It is made up of composite resin, which is a mixture of fine glass in a resin material. Bonding can be molded and shaped to fit a variety of different needs. It can be used to fix imperfections such as:
How is Dental Bonding Placed?
Bonding is a simple, straightforward procedure that is completed in a single visit. In fact, it can usually be completed in under an hour. It is completely painless and doesn’t require any anesthetic.
We start the procedure by cleaning and drying the affected tooth. We then apply an acidic gel, which is used to create a rough texture on your enamel. A rough surface allows the material to better bond with your tooth. The gel is cleaned off, and the tooth dried again. We then apply the bonding material and shape it as needed. It is dried with a specialized blue light. When dry, it is polished to a beautiful finish, and your smile is restored.
Caring for Your Bonding
Bonding does require a bit of care. While it can restore your teeth, the composite resin material does not have the strength of other restorative options such as crowns or veneers. It is much more susceptible to facing damage. This means that you need to exercise a few precautions in your day to day life. Avoid biting down on, or chewing, anything exceptionally hard, as this can cause the material to chip or fracture. Composite resin is also susceptible to staining. Unlike the staining that occurs to your enamel, the composite resin cannot be whitened with even professional whitening. Fortunately, if your bonding does sustain any damage, it can be easily fixed with a new application.
Other than these considerations, your oral healthcare routine should remain the same. Brush your teeth at least twice a day, and floss daily. Moreover, don’t forget twice yearly dental visits for cleanings and exams to ensure that your mouth is as healthy as possible.
Benefits of Dental Bonding
Bonding offers numerous benefits:
If your smile has been marred by imperfections, bonding may be able to help. Contact Todd Rogers Dental today at (719)357-4425 to schedule your appointment and find out more.